Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is backtracking on his previous comments in support of Joe Rogan after a newly emerged video of the popular podcast host using the word “nigger” on multiple episodes went viral over the weekend. (Editor’s note from Jay Connor: Joe Rogan is trash but you already knew that.)
Johnson first threw his support behind Rogan last week, after Rogan posted a
sad excuse for an explanation video on instagram attempting to clarify some of his disturbing and offensive comments on his show, according to Deadline. After Rogan insisted he only wanted to have ‘interesting conversations’ and that his goal was to ‘tell the truth’, Johnson commented : “Good stuff here bro. Perfectly articulate. I can’t wait to come someday and break out the tequila with you.”
Well, soon after, video footage of Rogan using the n-word multiple times started circulating over the weekend, thanks in large part to India Arie, who previously announced that she would be removing her music from Spotify in protest against Rogan last week.
Now it seems the red notice and fast furious The star no longer smells what Rogan is cooking after all. Because after being called out for supporting the podcast host online, Johnson walked back his comments in a tweet saying in part, “Thank you so much for that. I can hear you as well as everyone here. 100% I was unaware of his N-word usage prior to my comments, but now I’ve become educated in his full story. Learning moment for me.
Rogan has since issued an apology after the clip went viral. In almost six minutes video posted on Instagramhe explained, in part:
“It sounds awful, even to me. Now, I know for most people, there’s no context in which a white person is ever allowed to say that word, without speaking publicly on a podcast. And I’m ok with that now, I haven’t said it in years But for a long time when I used to mention that word, like when it came up in a conversation, instead of just saying “the n-word” , I was just saying the word. I thought as long as it was in context, people would understand what I was doing.
Moreover, by CNN, Spotify has since quietly removed more than 100 episodes of Rogan’s podcast from its platform. In an internal memo sent to staffers by the company’s CEO, Daniel Ek, he explains how Rogan’s comments do not “represent the values of this company” and that the streamer would invest “100 million dollars for the licensing, development and marketing of music (artists and songwriters) and audio content from historically marginalized groups.” However, Ek also clarified that “silencing” Rogan was not an option and that ” to achieve our goal of becoming the global audio platform, these kinds of disputes will be inevitable.”